Oh Wow

January 29, 2007

The WOW Starts Now

  Live Webcast: Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 Celebration with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
The Windows Vista Theatre – Times Square
View the Live Webcast: 4:45 EST, Jan. 29, 2007


It’s the PC

January 28, 2007

PC Revolution

Preaching From the Ballmer Pulpit

Steve Lohr keeps rewriting the same story over and over, but his publisher contunies to pay him so the advertisers must be pleased.

Microsoft is where it is today because of its Partners, the PC revolution happened through communities of enthusiast building faster and cheaper machines with more and more memory.Google doesn’t write drivers, somebody has to understand the transition between code and the flow of electrons through intricate circuits.

On the Vista

January 22, 2007

Windows Vista Syncs

10 reasons not to get Vista

The 11th reason might be that you already have it installed.

Windows Vista syncs are crawling out of primordial goo, can´t they get a life on second life? 

The Vista is a trajectory, a place in the distant horizon, a place we will all arrive at and enjoy.

Social sans Beer

January 21, 2007

Social Media Crush

Big Media’s Crush on Social Networking

It has always struck me as hilarious the way the same people who are offended by the Web 2.0 term like to say social networking.

The WWW has always been social from the first newsgroup, IM and webcam to the comments on my blog and yours. 

So what is social networking?  Ask a VC and his PR Team.

Expectations and Experience

January 15, 2007

Edelman Experience Index

Setting Expectations

Few seemed to have noticed Richard Edelman’s Friday afternoon before a three day weekend post about his PR firm’s diabolical involving handing out laptops paid for by Microsoft, AMD and Acer to current and prospective clients and associates.

Plain and simple it’s wrong for Edelman PR to boast they can deliver the blogisphere for their clients campaigns.

Microsoft has given hardware, software and SWAG to influencers in the community many times in the past as has AMD, but it was never done so publicly and clumsily before. What set off the laptops for bloggers scandal was the appearance that Microsoft was bribing bloggers and Edelman stood idly by as the flames burned.

Sending Mac zealots Windows loaded PC’s is analogous to sending the iconography of one religion to devotees of another; blasphemy!

The truth is Edelman’s Me2Revolution Team is attempting to assemble a stable of bloggers who will be useful to them in future campaigns and this has been done at Microsoft’s expence.

AMD lent a few Ferrari laptops to the BlogHaus at CES and I checked out their Windows Experience Index, it was 2.8. How are you going to persuade anyone that Windows Vista is a great OS without a GPU optimized for DirectX 10? 

Software Choise

January 14, 2007

Pay iTunes

Want an iPhone? Beware the iHandcuffs

DRM has yet to be a problem for me as I listen to Jazz ripped from CD’s remastered from the original recordings that like myself are from in NYC in the ‘50’s. I have never owned an Apple computer because you can’t take them apart and put them back together. Since I was three years old I’ve been taking things apart and putting them back together, that’s how I learn how machines work.

I used a Mac just last week in the BlogHaus, Doc Searls say’s he uses a Mac just because it works. They do work fine, without any significant performance improvement from my Windows Vista laptop.

I use software from many different ISV’s, but Mac users have very little if any choice when it comes to software programs. In 1991 I visited the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic the CCCP and there was very little choice when it came to consumer products. Apple reminds me of this when they say here is Browser, oh you have photos, here is iPhoto, you want music, pay iTunes.

Apple and the Law

January 13, 2007

Cisco Answers

More Answers on Cisco iPhone Trademark Issue

First, a very brief recap. Our property (the iPhone trademark) is being used without our permission. We filed suit to stop this. It is as simple as that.Now, to clarify some questions that are out there:

1) Has Cisco maintained its rights to the iPhone trademark? Cisco has used its iPhone trademark in all ways necessary to maintain it and keep it valid. We are not a litigious company, but we will act when our property is used without our permission.

The Apple faithful need a reality check, we all use Cisco routers and less then 10% of us have ever owned an Apple computer or iPod..

Cisco has a blog and they are communicating in a human voice, Apple is silent as always. I wrote to Apple PR once and they sent me a statement from Microsoft.

Apple has crossed a line this time and can’t reinvented the Trademark laws.

Cisco’s iPhone

January 11, 2007

Who’s Your Daddy Steve Jobs?

Cisco Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement

Cisco just announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark

Cisco Systems acquired InfoGear back in 2000 and they had the trademark for iPhone.

A quick Google for arrogant and Steve Jobs is the first result. Why couldn’t Apple Corp, the computer company not the record company use the name MacPhone? 

Cisco’s Official Comments yesterday on the Apple iPhone AnnouncementGiven Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statement that were distributed to them last night and that addressed a few remaining items. We expect to receive a signed agreement today.

The iLawyers are going to be busy, but it looks as though Cisco has found a new revenue stream.

Ford Sync

January 8, 2007

Sync Your Car

Microsoft and Ford Combine Products

We’re watching Bill Gates Keynote at CES at the Ford Motor Company just joined the digital generation.

Sync, developed by Ford and based on the Microsoft Auto platform, will offer hands-free phone dialing, address-book synchronization, and other features such as the ability to read text messages through the car’s audio system. Drivers can also control their digital music players using voice commands or controls on the steering wheel. In addition, the Microsoft Auto software is easily updatable, so Sync can integrate new devices as they are introduced, with a simple software upgrade.With Sync, Ford is using Microsoft Auto to give drivers greater control by unifying their mobile phones and portable media players into a single voice-operated in-car system. Sync is planned to be available in the second half of 2007 in 12 models of 2008 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks and will expand to all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks by the 2009 model year

Entertainer HD

January 8, 2007

Digital Entertainer HD

NETGEAR Announces ‘Digital Entertainer HD, First Media Receiver with HDMI for Streaming HD Movies, YouTube Videos, iTunes Music and More from PCs, Storage Devices and the Internet to Home Entertainment Systems


Netgear was the first out of the bocks this morning with there three announcements on consumer products for the digital home, your digital home.

NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo Delivers High-Speed, Affordable, Expandable, Mirrored Networked Storage to Centralize and Share Digital Content in Homes and Small Businesses

Dual-Mode DECT Cordless Phone Providing Simultaneous Support for Both Traditional Phone Services and Skype.